This is my first post on any forum so please be gentle.
We are looking to spend 3 weeks (21 nights) from 9th August this year travelling from Seattle.
We have had similar holidays twice in the past to other areas but are finding this one very difficult to plan.
Last big trip was to San Francisco- Monterey- Yosemite- Death Valley- Las Vegas- Zion - Bryce- Arches- Grand Canyon and Tucson.
This time we want to visit Seattle and Yellowstone. However there are so many other wonderful sounding places between the two that we are having a hard time working out a route. Our eldest is also studying history of American Mid West for GCSE and Battle of Little Bighorn is on the syllabus so we would like to try to fit in a visit. We could fly into Seattle and out of Denver but that would leave us with a huge one way drop off fee which we would like to avoid so we are thinking of a round trip.
There will be four of us, myself, my husband and our two boys (14 and 11). We love fantastic scenery, wildlife watching, history and walking, boat trips etc. I am not overly fit so could not do very strenuous hikes. We also prefer to be able to prepare simple meals or be near simple restaurants (often chains) as our youngest has very severe food allergies.
At present our list of places is huge. We would welcome some help in cutting this list down to be more manageable and any tips for routes etc.
We are looking at:
Seattle - San Juan Islands, Olympic NP, Mount Rainier NP
North Cascades NP and Lake Chelan
Mount St Helens
Crater Lake NP
Yellowstone (5-6 days if possible, 2 locations preferably)
Grand Tetons NP (1-2days)
Cody for rodeo nite
Other places that look amazing are: Hells Canyon, Coeur D'Alene, Three Capes Scenic Route, Sawtooth, Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman and Beartooth Highway.
I appreciate that this is far too much and we could fill months with these places so any help / advice will be gratefully accepted.
Thank you all so much!